It was time to climb into bed after reading a story from the Bible. “Now Edie,” said her Mom, “be sure to kneel down and say your prayers before climbing into bed.” Kissing her gently, she said, “I’ll be downstairs if you need me. So, don’t be afraid.”
The next morning at breakfast her mom said, “Well, Edie, did you say your prayers before you fell asleep?”
“Well, sort of, Mom,” she replied. “I got down on my knees and started to pray. Then I thought, ‘God, You must get bored with this kind of stuff night after night. Why don’t You listen carefully and I’ll tell You the story of The Three Bears.’ So I snuggled in bed and told Him the story of The Three Bears. I really think He enjoyed it.”
God gave us no specific formula to follow when we pray. In Jesus’ model prayer we are reminded of all of the important things that we are to take to God in prayer. And, again in Gethsemane, He set another marvelous example of prayer. His prayers were always simple, sincere, significant and straight forward.
David knew that it was not necessary to follow a formula when he prayed. “Hear my prayer, O God; listen to the words of my mouth,” is how he began a prayer on one occasion. Then with openness and honesty he said what he had to say and God responded and met his immediate needs.
That’s the way God is! When we have a need all we have to do is to go to Him in faith and express our needs and wait for His response.
Prayer: We are so thankful, Lord, that when we pray there are no necessary words. Only a sincere heart. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 54:2 Hear my prayer, O God; listen to the words of my mouth.